Eastleigh’s FA Trophy run comes to an end away to Harrogate

Eastleigh have been knocked out of the FA Buildabase Trophy after a 2-0 loss away to Harrogate.

Eastleigh were by far the livelier of the two sides in the early stages of the game as Joe Partington and Cav Miley combined well to get around the hosts’ defence and to play a fizzing low all into the area however The Spitfires were lacking the final touch.

Harrogate Jack Diamond then missed a golden opportunity to take the lead, finding himself unmarked in the penalty area as he was unable to nod the ball either side of Flitney and put his effort wide.

Harrogate missed another opportunity when the ball was whipped in from the left flank as Thomson headed wide of the left post.

The hosts’ finally got their reward as a passing move between Harratt and Alex Bradley opened up space for Bradley to curl the ball from the edge of the box into the top right-hand corner.

Eastleigh were forced into a first half sub in the 31st minute as Alex Wynter did not recover from an earlier clash and was replaced by Michael Green.

As the half came to a close Eastleigh were improving, Bearwish striking a volley from the edge of the area worried Cracknell in the Harrogate goal but sailed just wide.

The Spitfires looked for an equalier in the second half as the visitors as Miley made a good run down the left wing but Scott Rendell was unable to get onto the end of the resulting pass.

Strevens made his first tactical change of the day, taking off Jack Payne for Jack Mcknight as on loan Udoka Godwin-Malife burst into the penalty area his effort was saved comfortably by Cracknell.

Andrew Boyce failed to win a header just inside his own half, which set free Muldoon. Partington slid in to prevent Muldoon having a one on one chance against Flitney.

Miley had an effort from twenty-five yards in the middle of the park. The ball arced over the crossbar. Eastleigh were searching for an equaliser with ten minutes to go.

Miley, orchestrating the play, received the ball behind him and did a scorpion kick to play in Scrimshaw. His effort going just over the crossbar.

Harrogate caught Eastleigh on the counterattack and Emmett was able to prof the ball into the net after a scramble in the area.

Eastleigh threw men forward in search of an avenue back into the game but to no avail as they were knocked out the FA Trophy.

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